In an attempt to keep updating my blog no matter how mundane the posts will be, here are some recent projects that I knocked off my hobby desk. Oddly, these are all duplicates of stuff I've previously done. These units just help flesh out their respective armies. Ten more Pox Walkers shamble their way into the front lines of my Death Guard army.I completed another ten Pox Walkers for my Death Guard army over the course of a week, bringing the number in the force to a grand total of thirty. I painted these guys mostly with washes, snatching some time here and there to work on them in groups of two's and three's. Before I knew it, all ten were ready to roll. I really love these models - I'm sure I've said so before here. They are wildly characterful will loads of great details, but the sculpts practically paint themselves with simple techniques. These kinds of models are the best kind in regards to army painting. A real joy on every level."Prepare to fire a load of bullshit on my coordinates. Three! T
"They call me The SeekerI've been searching low and highI won't get to get what I'm afterTill the day I die" -The WhoDespite some radio silence on my blog, I have been chugging away on some more 30k Imperial Fists and nibbling away on a unit of High Elf Dragon Princes that should be done sometime after Ragnarok. Man, those models are a LOT of work.With their special boltgun rounds and precision attacks, I felt like the Seeker units in my army should use MKIV armor instead of MKIIII've been trying to expand the Fast Attack choices in my Heresy army, and I'm not super drawn to jetbikes so I opted for some Seekers. Tasked with head-hunting vital enemy characters or crewed machines, Seeker Squads are equipped with multi-choice boltgun rounds to get the job done. I'm aiming to have two five-man squads in the force, so here is the first one done. I went for a bit of reverse color scheme to add
My armored spear head for my Imperial Fists grows!I've added some much needed armor and mobility to my Imperial Fists army in the form of a pair of Rhino APCs and I thought I'd share a quick step-by-step of the whole process. The building of the kits is totally standard, and everything went together quickly. After that, I primed the hulls white for two reasons: first, a good priming coat is always a good thing and two, the white would form the basis for the tactical insignias on the top doors of the transport.After the primer was dry, I took some painters tape and masked out the arrows. I laid the tape out on a piece of glass before I cut it to shape. Then I transferred the mask from the glass to the actual tank.The tanks were then sprayed with Testor Model Master's Afrika Mustard. Once that dried, I applied several coats of GW Yriel Yellow with an airbrush. Once all that was dry, the tape was removed and the white tactical arrows were revealed. The arrows weren't perfect, but any over-sprays could be easily
"2019 is the year I get serious about adding some armor." I sent that text to a buddy that I play the Horus Heresy against a while back and now it seems like I'm trying to make good on that promise. This week, I built and painted a Sicaran Battle Tank to add to my Imperial Fists. I've always liked the look of the Sicaran - it hits a lot of the design beats of the Land Raider, while maintaining a sleek, predatory look all its own. And it'll add a ton of firepower to the army.A Tactical Squad Sergeant gives some idea of the scale of the Sicaran.The kit was a pretty easy build. The only real issues I had was some of the resin where the massive feed gates on the tracks were cut off left two areas that weren't totally cured. I simply cut some plasticard and covered over these areas - easy peasy. Otherwise, the rest of the kit was a dream. Very little warping to correct, and reasonably tight fits otherwise. I tried to keep the tank pretty simple - its very easy to go nuts with weathering and chipping. I wanted
Assault Squad Atrius - 10 marines in MKIII/MKIV hybrid armor with Jump Packs and Combat Shield by Kromlech.Wooooo-hoooo! I finally finished the assault squad for my Heresy Era Imperial Fists. They were a bunch of work - between conversions and painting each felt like two models worth of effort - and I'm super happy to be done with them. Their completion brings me to about 4,000 points/ 200 Power Levels worth of guys and now I feel like I'm ready to play some really big games of Horus Heresy. In celebration (?), I've tried to take some shots of the whole force together. The whole army ready to rumble. Tremble Traitor scum!With a little over one hundred marines in the army - I feel like I'm done painting infantry for these guys for a little while.My next step is to add some armored vehicles to the mix - I've got a plan for a couple of Rhinos and a Sicaran Battle Tank next on my painting queue."For Dorn! For Terra!! For the Emperor of Mankind!!! FORWARD!!!!"I started this project about 18 months ago -
First on deck is the first five Assault Marines for my Horus Heresy army. These cats have been a lot of work - mostly due to the fact that I think I'm hitting burn-out for painting yellow infantry. That said, I'm super happy with them. I need to get cracking on the next five. This will bring me to about 4,000 points/200 power levels for my Imperial Fists.These guys are a mix of MKIV and MKII armors, with shields and jump packs by Kromlech.After these cats were done, I needed a break so I turned my attention to a single model for my Death Guard army - a Foul Blightspawn. The current Death Guard are just such a treat to paint up. I've still got to work on a base for him, but he should be finished up pretty soon.This guy is literally dripping with detail.And I loved every nub and bolt.I'm pretty chuffed with the painted liquid in his tank. I've also been nattering away on more High Elves. I've still got paint up a command group for the spearmen, but the rest are finally based and ready to go. Pretty soon I'
Lately, I've decided to start growing my High Elf army. I've played a handful of games of Warhammer Fantasy Battle and Kings of War with what I have now, and I'm re-learning a lesson that I'd forgotten: namely that most massed battle games aren't as much fun as smaller games. Its not that games I've played haven't been fun per se, its that feeling that they'd be so much more interesting with more units. To that end, I'm putting some more paint on some new units for my High Elves.This weekend, I managed to get a 15 man unit of classic Spearmen painted up. I still need to finish four more guys, paint the unit's bases and wait for a Champion model to arrive from Ebay.These old models paint up so quickly with assembly line techniques. And the nostalgia I get painting them keeps me well motivated, so this should skip along pretty fast. I'm going to graduate out the command models currently in my missile units to serve in melee formations, so I've been painting up some bowmen to replace them.These two will replace
I usually try to update on a Sunday, but this weekend was a little full. But here we are! First up, I've got ten more Imperial Fists added to my Horus Heresy army."Yellow for the Yellow God! More Lemons for His Lemon Throne!"This brings me to four ten-man tactical squads in the army. Along with a ten-man Breacher Squad and a ten-man Tactical Support unit. My next unit for the army will be an Assault Squad, giving me seven Troop selections, which doesn't seem too shabby to me.In addition to painting this weekend, I also got in some gaming. I took my Kharadron Overlords out for another spin, this time against the crazily mobile and magical Stormcast Eternals. I knew the Stormcast were tough, but wow - I didn't realize just how hard hitting they were. We played a 1500 point Matched Play game.The scenario would be won by whoever inflicted the most Wounds by the end of five turns.I went for broke on Turn 1, sending my Frigate and its compliment of Arkanauts straight through a Realmgate and intothe teeth of th
Trying to continue with the weekly update... I've done it twice now, so I'm totally gonna keep it up all year, right? Ha! We shall see. Most of my painting this week has been one-off figures and prep work, so not super exciting. I finished up two single figs this week. First was a High Elf Dragon Prince. I needed a commander model for an upcoming game of Kings of War and this guy had been languishing on my painting desk for a while. I figured he'd make a good Elf King to game with. He also acts as a test scheme for a full unit of these guys - a project I should get cracking on.Later in the week, I cranked out a quick Aethermic Navigator hero for my Kharadron Overlords. This was the last model I needed to bring me to a 2000 point army. I ended up having to mail order him directly from Games Workshop, as no local stores or Amazon dealers carried him in stock. So much for giving the FLGS the business if they can't get what I want. Ugh. In any case, I should take some nice beauty shots of the wh
As 2018 comes to a close its time to look at how many models I finished this year. My current count is 300, which falls short of the goal I set for myself of 365. Still, I'm pretty proud of my effort. I'll probably set the same number again for next year - I think its an achievable number and even falling short is laudable. This week I finished up some more Heresy Era Imperial Fists.I added three more Skywardens to this unit to bring me up to a six man unit.A heroic Endrinmaster to add some nice repair options to myOverlords.Lately I've been thinking a lot about the processes I use to get armies painted. I've always considered myself more of an army painter than a miniature painter. Bear with me, because in my head there is a difference. While I can spend a lot of time on a single model, its always done in relation to a collection or a force for a game. I've come to enjoy the techniques and planning that is needed to complete an army and I thought I'd share some of the things I always try to keep i
Whew! I've been neglecting my little corner of the inter webs for quite a while lately! While I've been busy with some travel and a personal life, I have still managed to paint and even *gasp!* play a game! Waaaay back in May I treated myself to a Forgeworld model for my Heresy Era Imperial Fists - the stalwart Stormeagle Gunship. In preparation for a big game against a friend who already had a flyer, I lit the fire under my ass to get the big craft done.This thing is MASSIVE. I was seriously intimidated by this thing and the reputation for it being difficult to build.I put off working on it for so long due that rep. In the end, it was no more or less difficult than any other resin kitI've ever built. I just went slow and steady and didn't rush the process.I replaced the regular Techmarine head with a MKIII helmet to fit with the rest of my Imperial Fist army.I'm super happy with how this all turned out - its an awesome model in-game and a stunning centerpiece to my force.I think I pulled out every trick I kn
As you might remember from my post last week, I had this spare easy-to-build Primaris Intercessor (from the Getting Started with Warhammer 40.000 magazine) and decided to paint him for a fun little painting project. I always liked the Imperial Fist paint scheme and this model was the perfect excuse to try it out. Find out how I approached painting the yellow armour, after the jump.More after the jump
First, things that keep me from blogging:DofE ExpeditionsReport WritingHouse Drama rehearsalsSchool inspections during House DramaBut the things that keep me blogging?"Reivers... they're like Space Marine ninjas."Jus' gonna sneak up on dis git 'ere...Ork snipers...We'z got da 'igh ground! Dat meanz our dakka 'urtz more! WAAAGGGHHH!!!Vicious fire fightsSniper rifles were meant for assault range...The inexorable approach of The Law... and Kau'yon ambushes.Hope you've got a permit for those pulse rifles, mate.And finally... the Light of the EmperorCue the orchestral musicKill Team has been a fantastic thing for the school club, and I really hope to share all the stories falling out of it soon. Sorry for the lack of regular updates.Until next time.Thanks for reading.If you liked what you saw, and you want to help out, please leave a comment. Sharing this with your friends, and following me on Twitter, Facebook or Google+ would also be hugely appreciated.If you have anything you want me to look at, let me know in
I've just put the final finishing touches to my Aeldari Windriders (stay tuned for a Showcase post soon), so I decided to go for a fun little model next. I had this Primaris Intercessor laying about, and I haven't painted a Primaris Marine before. I'm really intrigued with Kill Team at the moment and love the support it's receiving, so maybe I'm gonna expand this model into a Primaris Kill Team at some point (maybe if Conquest will become available in Germany).I went for Imperial Fists because I always wanted to paint some, and settled for a rather easy way to paint the armour. Two coats of Cassandora Yellow over white primer creates a vibrant yellow and also gets most of the shading done. I just need to refine the shading here and there with a mix of Skrag Brown and old Fiery Orange (Fire Dragon Bright) and paint a couple of quick layers of Yriel Yellow over any areas where the wash dried unevenly. Then I add highlights with Flash Gitz Yellow and Dorn Yellow. Almost easier than my Ultramarines recipe!